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TBT: Signs of the Changing Times and Bridges

Can a person be in two places at the same time?

Remember this sign? Haven’t seen a similar one on the new bridge yet.

Figured out this directs traffic when pointed in the other direction/ © J Rosman 2015

Wonder if there will be a similar arrow on the new spans.

Westbound on the Tappan Zee Bridge, circa July 2008/Courtesy of Ian C. Ligget

And above is the view I’ll miss the most . . .

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Pieces of TZB Steel will be used in Arts Project

See how nicely I accented winter sunsets? Thought I’d be gone forever when the new bridge opened, didn’t you? Think again!

You have not seen the last of me because there’s another contest about me! It’s been a long time coming, too, after the bridge art show was ages ago.

“Remnant steel salvaged from the retired Tappan Zee Bridge” — that’s ME! — “will be made available to the two winning artists to incorporate into their sculptures.” (This is from a press release earlier in the week.) Which pieces of me will they be?

“These future sculptures will not only enhance the new twin-span crossing but provide residents and visitors opportunities to connect with the history, culture and spirit of the beautiful Hudson Valley,” Thruway Authority Executive Director Matthew J. Driscoll said.

History, culture and spirit of the beautiful Hudson Valley = Tappan Zee Bridge.

Anyway, here’s the plan.

ArtsWestchester, the Thruway Authority and the Arts Council of Rockland seek a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) that invites artists to submit their statements, work samples and a vision statement by January 11, 2019, via https://artswestchester.org/. Artists chosen will then be invited to submit their full proposals for the sculpture in early February.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Mom and Dad and Thanksgiving Day Thoughts

Mom’s been home three months; five years ago on this holiday, I called 911 to take dad to the closest hospital’s ER. I lost my dad three months later.

Some years his birthday fell on Thanksgiving Day. That year, it was two days prior.

Mom’s physical therapist has been working on leg and arm strength and standing; her goal is to ride across the new spans, which means safely transferring from a wheelchair to my car and back to the wheelchair.

More realistic and doable is a trip across the spans via ambulette and then wheeling her to the viewing area at Memorial Park (photo courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority). I’m aiming for next spring as it’s too chilly now.

She can’t wait. Neither can I!

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

TBT: Sneak Peek at New State Police Barracks

Last year your intrepid reporter visited the project site. The above New York State Thruway Authority photo shows only one side so, camera in hand . . .

I drove past the fork in the road and was stopped by a guard. After a few minutes of talking, I took a few photos of the structure from an “invisible via car” side.

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Several years earlier, residents in the 40-home neighborhood bordering the bridge were concerned about how vehicles would access the construction site, safety for kids playing, school buses and the nearby JCC.

The area was quiet and clean this afternoon; the only visible signs of construction were structures (seen here) towering over a metal fence guarded by security. Past the cars and the Thruway is the new maintenance facility with new metal panels.

Personal note: A big thank you with gratitude and appreciation to everyone who supported me during the past stressful week. Mom was taken to the hospital one week ago Friday with multiple complications and was discharged yesterday with renewed spirit and appetite.

Needing to make a decision about mom in addition to other responsibilities, I kept putting one foot in front of the other. I’m relieved her health has improved and that she’s in a new facility to help her regain mobility and balance.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Bridge Name Stands, and New Bus Lanes Enforced

The day after the elections tells Hudson Valley residents the new bridge’s name will not be changed any time soon. If “New York’s immigrants are at the heart of our state’s rich civic and social diversity,” as the state’s website says, then why did Governor Cuomo erase their important and significant representation?

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Last Sunday I was in Nyack and watched one new Hudson Link bus nearly clip my car as its driver made a left turn from South Broadway. I moved past the curb at a red light on the single-lane side street because a car parked on the other side of the street added to the driver’s difficulty. What will happen when the streets are crowded with people and cars in a hurry?

Here’s what you need to know per the press release if you commute by car:

“State Police will be responsible for enforcing the proper use of the bus lane. The first violation will carry a fine of $150, and the penalty would escalate for any repeat violations within an 18-month period.”

Let’s hope the new bus line is effective for Westchester and Rockland commuters. Westchesterites say it offers no opportunities for transit-oriented development; Rocklanders aren’t happy about the new bus stop locations and routes.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

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